"Het Gedeelte van Opper-Ethiopien. Waar in Leggen 't Ryk van Abissinien, en Nubien, enz. Getrokken uit Sanutus Mercator", Sanson, Nicolas
Subject: Eastern Africa
Period: 1705 (published)
Publication: Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving…
Color: Hand Color
8.3 x 11.6 inches
21.1 x 29.5 cm
This attractive map focuses on the fictitious Ptolemaic twin lakes of Zaire and Zaflan that were purported to be the source of the Nile, located at the foot of the mythical Lunae Montes, or Mountains of the Moon, often identified as the Ruwenzori Mountains in Uganda. The map is filled with fictitious place names and topography, all meticulously detailed. It was engraved by Antoine de Winter.
This map appeared in Algemeene Weereld-Beschryving, nae de Rechte Verdeeling der Landschappen, Plaetsen, Zeeën, Rivieren, &c. Geographisch, Politisch, Historisch, Chronologisch en Genealogisch, a Dutch edition of A. Phérotée de la Croix's Nouvelle Methode Pour Apprendre Facilement la Geographie Universelle, which first appeared in 1690. The Dutch edition was published by Francois Halma and included 98 maps and views.
A sharp impression with light toning along the edges of the sheet.